Free Content Shallow Currents in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico as Observed with Satellite-Tracked Drifters

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Abstract:

Four satellite-tracked drifters released in the southeastern Caribbean Sea during November 1977 revealed features of the shallow (100-m depth) circulation. All drifters showed meanders and loops, and two showed a large counterclockwise eddy in the Golfo de los Mosquitos. Two drifters passed through the Straits of Yucatan and showed a double-lobed northward penetration of the Loop Current. Within the Caribbean, scales of meanders and loops were about 100 km near inflow passages but scales were larger (200–500 km) farther downstream. Taken together, the drifter tracks showed important spatial and temporal variability that is not part of the classical depictions of the Caribbean circulation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1983

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